Start in: Beijing
End in: Xian
Special Experience: Winter view of the Forbidden City and Great Wall, Ice Lantern and Sculpture Festival in Harbin, a visit to the Siberia Tigers Park, Terracotta Army in Xian
Trip Highlights - Beijing , Harbin, Xian
The Forbidden City (and Palace Museum) was an altogether wonderful, yet frigid, experience. It is an overwhelming place of historical, architectural, artistic, and cultural importance within the context of the history of China. With over 800 buildings extant, the Forbidden City is the home of the emperors of China of the Ming and Qing, or Manchu Dynasties. The architecture is uniquely Chinese and uniquely beautiful. Apparently most of the present buildings were reconstructed during the more Qing Dynasty, because the wooden structures would so often go up in flames during firework displays. Pictures of the Forbidden City
winter is a time to travel to cold places because most tourists go to the hot spots and you are garanteed peace and quiet. Here, the Great Wall of China will show you the diferent and amazing views in winter. Would it be too cold to walk for more than an hour? You should be OK. Get a big green PLA jacket and a balaklava and hat and gloves. And we will arrange the easiest part of the Great Wall - Badaling Great Wall for you to walk. Once you reach the Badaling gate, you must climb either one of the two sides up the mountain. The view is spectacular, and you have an appreciation for what it must have taken to build it. Plus, on the way, you see the wall everywhere! Pictures of the Great Wall
The terracotta warriors were created by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di pronounced - Chin Shi Huang di. He built the Great Wall and amassed great works of art. Over 8000 fantastic life-size clay warriors protected his tomb. The Famous Terracotta Army - is now referred to as the eighth wonder of the ancient world. if you visit china and didn't visit terracotta warriors then you miss one wonder of the world. Pictures of the Terracotta Army (BingMaYong)
Visitors to Xian must do two things: one is to see the clay figures of terra cotta warriors and horses. The other is to taste the local food there. Xi'an cuisine has a good, hearty style that should never let you leave the table hungry. Noodles and dumplings are the staples of the local food and these are almost always filling and warming. It makes for a hearty, filling meal that is not very expensive. This Xi'an specialty can be found at several restaurants that have become famous for their delicious Yangrou paomo, as well as a small "mom and pop" restaurants throughout Xi'an.
Meals of this tour program
The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival continues to focus on large buildings and structures, but some ice carvings can be found throughout the frozen grounds, such as the life-sized horses. A key attractive of the ice festival is a copy of one of the famous chinese buildingsm, such as the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace in Beijing. And what's new in this year? Your can find out on your own. One advantage of attending the festival on opening night is seeing fireworks explode over the ice sculptures. And you will find a maze of hallways with walls and floors of solid ice designed to cause as many spills as possible there. Pictures of the Ice Festival in Harbin, more details of Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
The city of Harbin bid for hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Alpine skiing events would have taken place in the Yabuli ski resort. (Yabuli International Ski Resort, an easy 200-km jaunt from Harbin.) So you can experience on advance.
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